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Questions tagged [closing]

The process by which users can vote a question closed if it is off-topic or otherwise disallowed by the FAQ.

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Why not flag questions because they're homework?

During last days a lot of people have sent so many questions that are like homework, for example: this this this this this this and basically they don't make any effort to show what they have tried. ...
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Help me find an original for questions like “Why $(-1)^{ab} \ne [(-1)^a]^b$ when $a, b, \in \Bbb R$?”

There are many questions that boil down to "why is it not true that $(-1)^{ab} = [(-1)^a]^b$ (or $z^{ab} = (z^a)^b$) for $z \in \Bbb C$ and $a, b \in \Bbb R$ (or $\Bbb C$)?" and, respectively, "...
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Why can we vote to close as “primarily opinion based” on meta?

Aren't almost all questions on meta primarily opinion based?
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Down voting and close voting for missing context

Today, I asked a question and it will probably be closed for missing context.I'm a freshmen year Physics & Mathematics student, and for me this question has enough context, which is not true based ...
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Voting to close due to OP's unresponsiveness

Recently, a user voted to close a question after answering it due to the OP being "unresponsive". (The answer is now deleted and available only to users with more than 10k reputation.) What is the ...
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Why is the policy and process for closing off-topic questions so closed?

I think any casual passer-by in MSE interested in intellectual freedom and openness would be appalled that questions get closed as "not about mathematics, within the scope defined by the help center" ...
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Voting to close on the question vs. in the review queue [duplicate]

Thinking this is a bug unless I missed something in the guidelines. If I click on "review" and vote to close items from there, my badge progress counter increases as expected, and the vote is in my ...
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Responding to imperfectly phrased questions

When a question is phrased in a way considered not suitable for m.s.e., often within seconds it collects numerous down-votes and votes to close. There's no way to know who down-voted, nor who voted ...
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Should you ever answer a question you vote to close?

Just wondering. I was thinking if you vote to close you're saying the question is not answerable/should not be answered which is in direct contradiction of answering it. Is there a counterexample?
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What happens when I flag as duplicate?

What happens when I flag as duplicate? Usually they are closed by others, but sometimes I saw that the flag was helpful but nothing happened to the question. Are duplicate flags shown to some special ...
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What is an effective close-vote reason for wrong questions? [duplicate]

I just noticed a question that is obviously wrong here, and the OP doesn't seem to acknowledge it when somebody pointed out. (To clarify, the question was ok, but the OP seemed convinced that his ...
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How close a match we need to close a recurring question as a duplicate?

An hour ago I closed a question as a duplicate of an, in my opinion appropriate, generic question. Two gold badge holders have since expressed disagreement with my decision, and the question has since ...
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Subjective behavior regarding to which question are immediately closed

I recently asked this question. Immediately there were votes cast to close it and it several people downvoted it (although some also voted it up). But my question is no more subjective than this or ...
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Exact duplicate doesn't require answer but claims one exists

This question was (rightly) closed as an exact duplicate: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1717381. (If I'm not mistaken, only moderators can do that.) The message at the top differs from the ...
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Do we need a separate close-reason for not showing your own effort? [duplicate]

One of the most prominent reasons why questions are closed is the fact that people are posting e.g. home work excercises without any additional info on where they are struck, and what they tried. So ...
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Closing a poor question as off-topic or as a duplicate?

Few times I've faced the following dilemma: To vote for closing a poor question as off-topic or as a duplicate of another one (sometimes equally poor)? The last example is this: https://math....
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How to promote explanation of closure in comments?

Earlier someone posted this question, suggesting leaving messages when closing a question, to inform the poster of specific things to do to improve the question. My question is: How might we best ...
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How should one handle posts offering money?

Sometimes OP will be so desperate (or so unfamiliar with the site) that s/he offers money (or at least says s/he does) in order to get an answer. The one time I've seen someone act on it (not because ...
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Is it important that a question is closed for the correct reasons?

I've recently gotten the privilege to close-vote and I'm uncertain about one aspect of it. It'll be easier if I describe it through an example: Say I'm reviewing close votes and I come across a ...
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Closure as duplicate navigating in a circle

I was reviewing the close votes today when I came across this question , for identification purpose, lets call this $\mathbf{A}$. Someone had given it a close vote, marking it a duplicate of this ...
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How can I share interesting problems I know the answer to without having my question closed for lack of context?

I've run across a few fun problems I want to share. Some are just fun problems with quick/clever answers. I want to share them on here, but I don't really know how to do so without people (rightfully) ...
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Serial close votes on pronunciation questions

I have noticed that since, an hour ago, I asked for my question on how to read a formula aloud to be reopened ( http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/22189/why-is-my-question-on-hold ) at least ...
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An auto-comment on first questions that motivates sharing doubts and thoughts

Very often I see a user's first question getting down-voted and eventually it ends up being closed. Usually I find this to be too rough of a treatment, as the user is not accustomed to the site. I ...
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Opposing `vote to close`

I see an almost duplicate here, but the emphasis seems to be on retracting. There is a vote to close option, but (in the interests of democracy ;)) is there an ...
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Unfounded multiple downvotes and close requests

I have asked a quite legitimate question. After a day I myself given an answer. Without any reason both the question and the answer were voted down and there are close and delete requests. I do not ...
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Is “Don't bother voting to close a sufficiently downvoted question” good advice?

...provided there aren't any close votes already, of course. It's no secret the close review queue has been pretty large lately (see here, for instance). It's sitting at 110 questions, as I write ...
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Mjölnir malfunction

I saw a question which was wrongfully tagged with several irrelevant tags, one of which is the general-topology in which I have closure superpowers. I retagged the question as elementary-set-theory in ...
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Why this type of questions are voted to be closed?

I recently asked a question which is desiring a learning map for the self-study of a subject in mathematics. In my opinion, it is not really seeking personal advice but it was voted by the others to ...
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Is it against the rules to ask about a different proof for a proposition which has already been asked?

My question was marked as a duplicate by Did. I was trying to use a different proof involving continuity of measure and monotone convergence theorem for a question I asked before. I specified in the ...
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Flagging vs. close issue

I have read: https://meta.superuser.com/questions/3154/how-should-my-flagging-change-when-i-gain-the-ability-to-vote-to-close I haven't earned my Marshall badge yet, and: https://math.stackexchange....
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Why is my question getting downvotes, an unclear vote but no explanations? How can I improve this question?

The question: Show the equivalence of these definitions of independence of random variables Two books give two different definitions of independence of random variables, and I am trying to show that ...
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An older question was closed as a duplicate of a newer one

I have asked Extremals of functional $J = \int_{a}^{b} F(x, y, y^{'})$ question on December 21st 2013.. Now comes another question An MCQ for finding the extremal of the functional $J = \int_{a}^{...
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Why are actuarial science questions considered off topic?

I asked a question here which was about the percentile breakdown of global life expectancy. While this question does certainly pertain to topics not related to mathematics, it is very specifically ...
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Is the close vote queue backlogged?

Pretty much every day I go through all of my 20 close vote reviews. So I am wondering: How many items are in the close vote queue? How many items have been in the queue over the past few weeks or ...
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How could the “Properties of 2015” question be on-topic?

The question Is there something special about 2015? has just popped on the reopen queue. Although I agree that it is not right for Math.SE as it is (too broad and it inherently doesn't have a correct ...
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Should incorrect answers be flagged to delete? [duplicate]

If someone posts an answer that is mathematically incorrect, should we flag it to delete, or just downvote and comment? See this answer as an example.
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Increased number of close votes suggestions

I have been reviewing close votes suggestions for maybe half an year, already (I am currently at about 700 close votes suggestions examined). Until maybe a month ago there were always less than 80 ...
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What is the difference between voting to close as a duplicate and flagging as a duplicate?

I am aware that to flag you only need 15 reputation points. Only users with 3k+ reputation can cast votes. If a post is flagged as duplicate, what happens then? In particular, what is different from ...
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Bug in the “History” tab of “Close votes”?

1) I am presented with a question submitted for closure review. 2) I open the link in another browser tab, in order to also read the answers given there and have a better understanding of the issue. ...
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How to proceed when a bad question floods the site?

Math.SE has recently been flooded by the continued posting and re-posting of an extremely bad question. I flagged the question (once), and voted to close all that came after it. But I don't think it ...
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Why is one's reason for voting to close being misrepresented? [duplicate]

I voted to close a question because it had been asked before, and I ticked the appropriate box for this. But then my name came up on a list of people who had voted to close the question because it was ...
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Closing a close votes review loophole

A certain user has commented that they make use of a loophole: the user skips all of the questions in the close vote review queue, but opens the questions in a separate tab/window and votes to vote to ...
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Should we close/lock old questions with many answers at some point?

From time to time you see someone posting yet another answer to very old questions which have many answers. It is almost always the case that the newly added answer is in fact a duplicate or a ...
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Clarification of what should be closed as a duplicate [duplicate]

Until today the word "duplicate" was clear to me, or so I thought, but I have just been confronted with the following situation: there is a question A from 2011 (with an accepted answer) and one other,...
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Intended use of “seeking personal advice” close reason

In case you missed it, there's a new close reason: Seeking personal advice. Questions about choosing a course, academic program, career path, etc. are off-topic. Such questions should be directed ...
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How many questions get closed, and how often are they edited or reopened?

How many questions on Mathematics SE got closed during the last 90 days? For what reasons? How many of the closed questions were edited or reopened?
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What if a question is both off-topic and unclear what you are asking?

I often see a question in the reopen queue that was closed as unclear what you are asking, but was also lacking context. If the OP edits the unclear what you are asking part, and it enters the ...
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“marked as duplicate” by community?

A few minutes ago I flagged this question as a duplicate of an earlier one; when I came back to it, it showed as having been "marked as duplicate by Steven Stadnicki, Community". I've never seen the ...
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Unanswered proof verification questions

I've seen many related questions including: Best way of asking "check my proof" questions What to do with a "check/simplify my proof" type question? What Do We Do About Comment-...
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spurious interaction between close votes for different reasons

This question had two close votes with reason "off-topic because ... missing details". I mistook it for a duplicate (of this question) and voted to close it for that reason, unaware that I'm now able ...